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Health & Social Care A Level - Single and Double Award A Level at Brimsham Green School

Course description

The course is designed to give you a broad and sound underpinning
knowledge and understanding of the issues concerning people who use and work in early years provision and in health and social care services. You will need to gather information from both primary (real people) and secondary (books and the internet) sources. An important part of the course entails you going into early years and health and care settings in order to do effective research. You will acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to create, develop and present high quality work. You get the best of both worlds by gaining a respected GCE qualification that encompasses a ‘real world’ vocational approach.

Course content

This subject can be taken as a single AS/A2 level, leading to ONE A-level, or as a double AS/A2 level award, leading to TWO A-levels.
AS level – single award
Unit title: Promoting quality care Assessment: Examination
Unit title: Communication in care settings Assessment: Coursework 
Unit title: Promoting good health Assessment: Coursework
A2 level – single award
Unit title: Care, practice & provision Assessment: Coursework
Unit title: Human Behaviour Assessment: Examination
Unit title: Child development Assessment: Coursework
AS level – double award
Unit title: Caring for people with additional needs  Assessment: Coursework
Unit title: Working in early years care and education  Assessment: Coursework
Unit title: Caring for older people  Assessment: Examination
A2 level – double award
Unit title: Anatomy and physiology in practice  Assessment: Examination
The anatomy and physiology in practice unit has a high level of science so a minimum grade C in science would be a distinct advantage for this element.
Unit title: Mental health issues  Assessment: Coursework
Unit title: Research methods in health & social care  Assessment: Coursework



Unit title: Anatomy and physiology in practice: a minimum grade C in science would be a distinct advantage for this element.

Future opportunities

The qualification can lead to courses in higher education or to employment with training e.g. a related NVQ. Typical career routes can include social policy research, nursing, childcare, health care planning and administration, local government, and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brimsham Green School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016

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    • Welcome to Cotswold Edge, a collaboration of the three sixth forms of Brimsham Green School, Chipping Sodbury School and Yate International Academy. This new post 16 collaboration will broaden the curriculum offer and excellence in teaching and learning for the young people of the area.

      Through this partnership we are able to offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications, enabling students to select the courses which meet their needs and interests.

      We aim to provide a safe, secure and most importantly, stimulating environment in which to study.  We offer enthusiastic, dedicated teaching through staff who are equipped to provide you, the student, with excellent tuition in your chosen subject.

      Our sixth form collaboration ensures a personalised programme of support so that all young people can achieve their very best, in an environment where aspirations are high, levels of care, support and guidance are second to none and where excellence thrives.